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Essex Senior League: Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer wants to go all the way in Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy

PUBLISHED: 13:00 17 February 2017

Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Side visit Eton Manor for second round clash tonight

Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer believes his team can go all the way in the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy ahead of their second round tie at Eton Manor tonight.

Side won through from the first round with a 3-2 success at Basildon United and will hope for a similar story tonight to set up a last eight tie at home to West Essex.

And Gulfer believes the competition represents a great chance for the Cricklefield club to claim some silverware in what has been an otherwise disappointing campaign.

“The match against Manor represents a good chance for us to go far in a cup and if we win, then we are in a quarter-final,” he said.

“That’s a great opportunity for any club and I’ve told the boys we can reach a final if we really want to.

Gulfer also insists he will resist the urge to make wholesale changes to face Manor as he looks to give Barkingside the best chance of progressing.

With Side having little more to play for other than pride in the Essex Senior League, they can focus all their energies on the cup competition.

And with that in mind, Gulfer says he has no intention of rotating his squad for the Trophy tie tonight.

“There won’t be any changes just for the sake of it because we are focussed on going as far in the competition as we can,” he added.

“Of course there are a couple of injuries and suspensions which means there will be changes, but the players coming in are all of a good quality.”


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